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Defense auditors express optimism about new job standards

Under heavy criticism, agency nixes all but one of 19 performance measures and creates new ones.

From Nextgov.com: Feds still fumbling with financial management systems

GAO skeptical about an increase in number of agencies complying with law to deploy compatible systems that use proper standards.

Senate expected to pass $700 billion proposal with ease

The revised bill would raise FDIC coverage amounts from $100,000 to $250,000 for one year.


Government reform groups unveil transition plan

Strong performance measurements and attention to workforce are called key to the next administration’s agenda.

From Nextgov.com: IG: GSA must improve information security

Audit says agency must improve contractor oversight and encrypt all mobile devices.

HUD launches new homeowner program

Applicants must have a mortgage that was originated before Jan. 1, and cannot afford their current loan.

Defense bill includes major contracting reforms

Measure headed to President Bush’s desk would increase transparency and competition.

GOP Senate Slippage

The outlook for Republicans has deteriorated to the point where a filibuster-proof Democratic majority seems less implausible.

Economic rescue bill remains in limbo

Congressional leaders predict legislation will pass, as Bush applies pressure.

SBA issues new proposal on small business program, but same questions remain

Agency’s revised rule increases the number of industry groups eligible for set-aside contracts, but it’s not enough for critics.